Mark Steven Tapper - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

December 29, 1955 - September 3, 2022

Mark Steven Tapper

Age 66, of Richfield, passed away peacefully at home after a long illness. His dance with cancer is over. Retired Minneapolis Public School Teacher. Survived by wife, Susie Gillham; children, Erin (Phil) Groth and Anisa Tapper; siblings, Lori Tapper, Julie (Kurt) Dalquist and Joel Tapper; numerous loving nieces, nephews, great-nephews and friends. Preceded in death by father, Harold Tapper; and mother, Jane (nee, Whitcomb) Tapper; loyal dog, Nash.

Tribute to Mark will be held at the family home on Sunday, September 11 from 4:00PM - 7:00PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Minneapolis Public Schools Athletic Department: Adapted Athletics.


  1. Leonard Polizzi says:

    My heart brakes a million times over with the passing of my friend and shipmate. Mark and I became life long friends somewhere in south east Asia in March of 1976. We remained friends since then. There 6 or 7 of us who remain friends to this day, bonds that are impossible to break. I was fortunate to have had a few days visit here in Rochester, NY in the summer of 2019. We had a blast with music, baseball and good times for those three days. Amongst our close group of 6 Mark and I were the Liberal bastions and according to us we won every argument. I was affectionately called a Bolshevik. Mark and I were the Liberal school teachers amongst our friends. We had a lot of laughs. I am going to miss our talks about music and politics as well as our profession. I am a better person for having fate allowing our paths to cross all those years ago. Be well my friend. Rest easy. I will see you in the next world and I won’t be late. Love ya.

  2. Ellen Dunkle says:

    Tapper was a great man! I had the privilege of working with him at Washburn High School. He will be missed but never forgotten!

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